Fave one liner from a book?

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"It's lipless mouth quivered and slathered"
War of the Worlds - H G Wells
grin

tumbletumble Thu 02-May-13 20:11:49

Now I'm confused. My copy of I Capture the Castle ends with 'I love you, I love you, I love you.' Do I have a different version to the rest of you?!

swanyriver Thu 02-May-13 20:13:49

“It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.”

Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

fertilityFTW Thu 02-May-13 20:14:32

“It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love.”

― from 'Love in the Time of Cholera' by Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

Wallison Thu 02-May-13 20:14:58

Another Forster one here: Yet as he spoke the darkness was withdrawn, veil after veil, and she saw to the bottom of her soul.

Love love love Mr Emerson.

AJBthesecond Thu 02-May-13 20:16:41

"He sighed patriotically."

Whisky Galore, Compton Mckenzie.

Earthworms Thu 02-May-13 20:19:46

" I'd love to stay and help, only I'm not going to"

Hitchhikers.
A favourite in our house, and very useful.

YouDontWinFriendsWithSalad Thu 02-May-13 20:35:26

Oh, how could I forget Gatsby - on every page there is something that takes my breath away.

The last line gives me shivers, I just love it:

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.

LifeofPo Thu 02-May-13 20:39:02

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JourneyThroughLife Thu 02-May-13 20:46:45

Startling phrase in a book, which changed my life:

" 'Therapist' and 'the rapist' - just a matter of spacing, but the meaning is the same..."

Shute, in a book called 'Life Size' - a fictional account, about anorexia and therapy...

StiffyByng Thu 02-May-13 20:51:25

'He went so far as to suggest that Master Simmons was well known to the police.'

Right Ho, Jeeves, P.G. Wodehouse. (Chapter 17)

Not really a stunner in isolation, but I assume an entire chapter is not admissible and this is the one line of the whole thing that simply makes me choke with laughter.

LifeofPo Thu 02-May-13 20:57:20

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bassetfeet Thu 02-May-13 20:59:55

“There was another life that I might have had, but I am having this one.”
― Kazuo Ishiguro

MrsWolowitz Thu 02-May-13 21:03:21

"Let us never fear robbers nor murderers. Those are dangers from without, petty dangers. Let us fear ourselves. Prejudices are the real robbers; vices are the real murderers. The great dangers lie within ourselves. What matters it what threatens our head or our purse! Let us think only of that which threatens our soul."

The Bishop in Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.

I want to be more like the Bishop. He genuinely inspires me.

MortifiedAdams Thu 02-May-13 21:06:15

Dumbledore from me too...

"It does not do to dwell on dreams, and forget to live"

OddSockMonster Thu 02-May-13 21:06:23

"If I'm in, tell him I'm out, and if I'm out, tell him I'm in."
Catch 22.

goingtobefree Thu 02-May-13 21:08:15

Last time i dreamt of Manderlay( Rebecca)
I write this sitting in the kitchen sink
I capture the castle

Daisy17 Thu 02-May-13 21:10:24

Slightly cheating, as it's a stage direction from Tennessee Williams, but his are so poetic..... "His smile lights her inwardly with altar candles." Just. Oh.

"Laugh as much as you choose, but you will not laugh me out of my opinion"

and

“I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.”

Pride and Prejudice smile

Orianne Thu 02-May-13 21:12:31

“I look placid, you see, that's why people think I'm fine. Inside I worry a lot.”

Orianne Thu 02-May-13 21:21:37

"From the very beginning— from the first moment, I may almost say— of my acquaintance with you, your manners, impressing me with the fullest belief of your arrogance, your conceit, and your selfish disdain of the feelings of others, were such as to form the groundwork of disapprobation on which succeeding events have built so immovable a dislike; and I had not known you a month before I felt that you were the last man in the world whom I could ever be prevailed on to marry."

"I swear, sometimes I don't know whether to scream, or just walk off into the sunset."
"Why not do both? Walk into the sunset screaming?"

Love that last sentence! Diana wynne jones in 8days of Luke.

Also love, all power corrupts, but we need electricity.

gallifrey Thu 02-May-13 21:35:39

suck my fat one you cheap dime store hood

stand by me Stephen King

Potterer Thu 02-May-13 21:45:51

"You play, you win, you play, you lose. You play.

It’s the playing that’s irresistible. Dicing from one year to the next with the things you love, what you risk reveals what you value"

Jeanette Winterson The Passion. Not her best book but I love that bit.

fuzzpig Thu 02-May-13 21:49:13

Fellowship of the Ring, J R R Tolkien:

When she arrived later in the day, she took the point at once - but she also took the spoons.

Dawndonna Thu 02-May-13 21:53:38

"Surely it is enough that the likes of you and I at least try to make our small contribution count for something true and worthy."
The Remains of The Day.

"In a minute there is time
For decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse.

For I have known them all already, known them all:
Have known the evenings, mornings, afternoons,
I have measured out my life with coffee spoons;"
The love song of J Alfred Prufrock.
(I know it's a poem, but it is special).

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